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Alfred Hitchcock Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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"Mystery is mystifying; it is an intellectual thing. Suspense is an emotional thing." (Alfred Hitchcock)"

About the Author

Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836527790
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836527798
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born at a very young age and have grown older ever since. I have passed the time sharing my passions for films, mystery fiction and comics by publishing, editing and writing books and magazines. I spent my teenage years publishing 'Ark: The Comics Magazine' (1980-1990) and writing graphic novels ('Second City', 'Overload', 'Beautiful People'), before graduating to a life of crime.
I co-founded 'Crime Time' magazine (1995-present), and edited 'The Third Degree: Crime Writers In Conversation', as well as writing some mystery short stories. It was during this time that I discovered the fantastic fiction of Gerald Kersh, who I have championed ever since through many articles and short story collections. (He's famous for the novel 'Night and the City', which was turned into a fantastic Film Noir by Jules Dassin in 1950.) One day, I'll even finish Kersh's biography. Promise.
Unemployed and in need of an income, I founded Pocket Essentials in 1999, edited around 50 titles in the series, and wrote eight of them, including 'Martin Scorsese', 'Alfred Hitchcock', 'Film Noir' and 'Noir Fiction'. This brought me to the attention of the illustrious Mr. Benedikt Taschen, who took me under his wing and told me to make film books. Since 2003, I have happily, if not ecstatically, carried out his wishes by editing over 50 film books for TASCHEN, big and small, including the award-winning 'The Ingmar Bergman Archives'. I've even written a couple of them. Yesterday, somebody told me I had the best job in the world, and for the life of me I cannot find anything wrong with that statement.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stop Motion Maniac on May 5, 2011
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You can't go wrong with these Taschen titles. This one, like the recently published Kubrick title by Taschen, is almost 200 pages and hardback for $10. Compared to Duncan's Kubrick title, this one has about the same amount of text. I am completely fine with this. I'm not sure I could count how many books are out there about Hitchcock or any one of his films. Like the Kubrick title, I enjoy just looking at the large format pictures and reading the captions. If you want in-depth analysis of Hitchcock or any of his films I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you want an overview of Hitchcock and his complete films with a lot of large format images in a hardback for $10, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
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Continuing the great value of the Taschen 25th series is this lovely text featuring my favorite English language director, Alfred Hitchcock. I was a little hesitant at first, since I do enjoy his films so much, that this would not be what I was looking for. But for $11, it far exceeded my wildest expectations.

Simply the photo taken while filming a scene where Hitch is about to sneeze (and ruin the take) is priceless!

The book is 192 pages. And if you only know Hitchcock for his mainstream films, then you will either be delighted or put out. If you want more in depth information about the heart of his 50s and 60s films such as Vertigo, Psycho, and others, then you might be disappointed. If you are interested in reading about the entire range of his directing career without too much content for any film, then you will be happy.

There is rarely more than a page or two dedicated to each film. A lot of content is spent on his earlier films, including many of his hard to find silent films. Since this was a large portion of his career and all. The photos are usually large and are either of a set between takes, a still from the film, or a promotional photo. For example, there are four photos from Vertigo, only one showing content that is not a still from the film (shows Hitch talking to Kim Novak while she is scantily clad under the covers).

If you are interested in learning about Hitchcock's films beyond Rebecca, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, and the other mainstream films, then this is THE book for you. Even if you love his films from the 50s and 60s and don't care about his earlier work, there is still enough content here to make most fans happy.

I only wish they had a photo of Hitchcock on the cover. I do kind of like the crazy still from the Birds though.
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By Sean Tenney on November 24, 2012
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a very good book, mostly for some nice stills of The Master and his sets. the book is a bit cursory n its details of the movies, but a very good intro to newer fans of Hitch, and for a more serious fan, a very good coffee table book.
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